Dec. 22, 2006
MSU Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie
On how being down seven in the second half affected the team's play...
I was very much staying in the moment realizing how well Northridge was playing, knowing what we needed to do. We needed to be aggressive to the basket and make stops. We were very focused on doing those things, not really worried about the hole too much, just trying to get more competitive in the game and find a way to shake some people free on offense.
On Rene Haynes' and Victoria Lucas-Perry's foul trouble...
I'm really proud of our bench. I'm really proud of what people have done coming off the bench. They did a terrific job. Rene and Victoria, that's the second game in a row. We had foul trouble at Santa Barbara also. We've got to mature in those areas. I don't think you want any player in foul trouble. I never think you want to be at a disadvantage and we clearly were at a disadvantage because we could not rotate as many people.
On Cal State Northridge's play...
I really credit Cal State Northridge. What a super team, they played great. I was very impressed with Ofa Tulikihihifo in particular. She's just an absolute super player. I thought Jamie McCaa had quite a game for herself, too. I was very impressed with them. We scouted for them. We had the idea of what we wanted to do, but we certainly didn't execute it. I have to give credit to them.
On having to play in overtime after having a 3-point lead with 44 seconds left...
I have to admit to you, we love overtime. We have quite a record of success in overtime. I felt fine about it. To be honest with you, I liked the overtime because I wanted to experience it. This team hasn't played in overtime. I know (McCaa, who hit the 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to tie the score) could have hit the two and we would have won by one, but I was excited about it.